Movie News After Dark: I Can Haz Movie Premiere, An Avengers Preview Preview and Plenty of Muppets

Antonio Banderas and Cats

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s about to get a little strange, that’s what it is…

We begin tonight with… yes, a picture of Antonio Banderas and a few cats. This should serve as an official warning that tonight’s entry into the Movie News After Dark series may get a little silly. Mr. Banderas recently participated in a “Cat Premiere” of Puss in Boots at the Paramount Lot in LA. I can haz movie premiere? Si, mis amigos. Si.

According to reports, a real life SWAT team raided the Budapest set of World War Z, where they seized numerous military grade, highly dangerous weapons passing as prop guns. Hungary police said that these weapons were still very dangerous. They had no comment about the real zombies being employed for the film.

Here’s a great Did You Know? of the day. Did you know that Steve Jobs once asked Aaron Sorkin to write a movie for Pixar? That, and Aaron Sorkin loves his Mac. All of these things earn my approval.

This is one of a pair of posters for Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, as played by Leonardo Di Caprio. It looks menacing and does not hint whatsoever as to whether we’ll see Di Caprio in a dress. J. Edgar Hoover was into that sort of thing, right? That’s what I heard, at least.

J Edgar Poster

After a week of tense contract negotiations, the team behind The Simpsons has signed for two more years, culminating in what many believe to be their epic (and possibly last) 25th season.

If you are going to buy one soundtrack this year, it might as well be the one in which the Muppets barbershop quartet covers Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, right? The track list for the soundtrack to The Muppets is out and it’s got names like Feist, Andrew Bird and Miss Piggy. That is one beautiful list, if you ask me.

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for my favorite thing: previews of previews of previews. That’s one too many, perhaps, but you get the idea. Below you will find ET’s preview of the trailer for The Avengers. It’s got Iron Man!

“During all stages of the filmmaking, DREDD has been a collaboration between a number of dedicated creative parties.  From the outset we decided on an unorthodox collaboration to make the film.  This situation has been misinterpreted.  To set the record straight, Pete was not fired and remains a central part of the collaboration, and Alex is not seeking a co-director credit.  We are all extremely proud of the film we have made, and respectfully suggest that it is judged on viewing when its released next year.” That’s the official, publicity approved word from the production of DREDD, as released by director Pete Travis and writer Andrew Garland. Apparently those reports of trouble were exaggerated.

It’s almost time to start the music. Soon it’ll be time to light the lights. Not long now and it’ll be time to get things started on The Muppets movie tonight. See what I did there? Anyway, that means that the folks at Disney won’t want to leave any stone unmarketed. Which means more Muppet content. Like this “don’t talk during the movies” PSA for AMC Theaters:

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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